Kajuru Crisis Victims Forgive Attackers, Urge Others To Do Same

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Honourable Cafra Boaz Casino, Kajuru LGA Chairman

By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna

in order to achieve  lasting peace in the area, the primary victims of Kajuru crisis in the southern part of Kaduna State  have urged the affected people  to have the sprit of forgiveness.

Some of the participants at a monthly forum with the media on peace organized by Inter Faith Mediation Centre  on Tuesday in Kaduna, Mrs Marwana Abubakar and her counterpart, Mrs Katherine Bernard  made the call.

While narrating her  ordeal, Mrs Bernard  said she lost her husband and  their only daughter  during the crisis in Kajuru in 2018 and when the incident happened, she vowed not to speak or talk to any Muslim in the area or answer theiy greetings.

” But with a lot of training and enlightenment programme by various  NGOs and peace activists, I learnt the importany of forgiveness and I have forgiven those that killed my husband and daughter and we are now living in peace, so we should always learn to forgive one another,”  she said.

Also, Mrs Abubakar who  lost her husband  during the crisis, said that it is very painful to lost a loved one, most especially to see that those that killed him are people you live together with.

“But  with a lot of programmes and enlightenment, we have learnt to let go of the past and and focus on the future of our children. We are calling on those affected by the crisis to learn how to forgive one another  and also  to stop the habit of  reprisal attacks.

Hajiya Halima Ibrahim, Principal Communications Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North West Zone commended the victims for the bravery and having the sprit of forgiveness in their hearts.

She said, “with the experience of those women  I can say that nothing can be compared to peace, violence is not an alternative to peace if we have peace there will be development”.

While speaking on NEMA’s role on disaster prevention, she said her agency handles humanitarian services  and alleviating the  suffering of people, distributing  relief material to victims during before or after emergencies.

She noted that the attitude of people towards managing disaster is what leads to catastrophe.

Similarly, the Co -executive   Director Interfaith Mediation Centre, Imam Muhammed Ashafa commended the women and also prayed that God would continue to guide and protect them.

While speaking on the efforts put in place by the centre to manage the trauma of the victims, Ashafa said it has been carrying out silent socio-psycho counselling for victims.

“Also  about two hundred parents of Chibok Girls, we also  worked to  get them out of the trauma and many others,” he informed.

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